U.S. Navy Vet Freed From Russia

TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin talks on the phone with Agatha Bylkova,a eight-year-old  girl from the Kurgan region who took part in the New Year Tree of Wishes nationwide charity campaign, in Moscow on January 3, 2023. (Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • American Navy veteran Taylor Dudley has been released from detention in Russia after being held for almost a year, his family’s spokesperson told CNN on Thursday.
  • Russian border police took Dudley, 35, into custody in April 2022 after he crossed from Poland into Kaliningrad, CNN reported. The Michigan native had been attending a music festival in Poland.
  • It remains unclear exactly why Dudley crossed the border into Kaliningrad, an exclave territory controlled by Moscow that sits between Lithuania and Poland. The U.S. government has not considered his detainment to be wrongful.

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